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Proposals section allows anyone to submit proposals. These proposals gather supports up to a decided threshold to select the most relevant ones. When they reach this threshold, the proposals can be moved to the voting section, where a vote can be taken for or against the proposal, or directly considered to be carried out.
The list of proposals changes regularly, showing new proposals and also those that generate more interest. It is also possible to sort proposals by other criteria (more supported, more recent).
The author of the proposal can create notifications, which will be published on the proposal page, in addition to being sent by email to everyone who has supported the proposal. In this way the author can communicate any news about the proposal, or encourage the necessary support to be gathered..
Proposals can include tags, images, documentation, videos, location on a map or other relevant information. It also has a comment space where anyone can discuss the proposal, as well as vote on other comments to select the most relevant ones.
Administrators are the highest level users. They are responsible for managing all the participation processes, as well as the configuration of the platform.
This interface lists all the content of the platform indicated as 'inappropriate' by users. Moderators have the option to hide or confirm the content and block users.
Evaluators can access this interface to evaluate participatory budget projects. Administrators can assign projects to different evaluators or groups of evaluators. Each evaluator can see only the projects assigned to him in this interface and complete the evaluation report for each project. The evaluation can thus be done in a decentralised way, simplifying the work for each evaluator.
Managers can create and verify user accounts and perform tasks for users to create or support proposals, etc. The most common destination of this functionality are the public workers of the offices of attention to the citizenship of the institution, to help users interact with the process of participation.
Poll officers can access this interface during a general voting or during the final vote on participatory budgets. This interface is used by those responsible for the face-to-face voting booths, to check that the person who wants to vote can do so, and in case he does so to confirm the vote so that he can not vote a second time at another booth or through the digital platform. It also allows you to enter the results of the vote once it has finished.
Participation may consist of a preliminary discussion. It is common to use this phase when the process begins and no initial text is yet available. It is useful for deciding issues around the main issues to be addressed, and thus steering the process in the most appropriate direction. At this stage, information is published about the regulation or plan that you want to start dealing with as well as any additional documentation that may be useful.
Second phase may consist of selecting the best ideas to include in the text. You can publish the ideas that have been worked on from the institution, and also open it up to people to send their ideas. All ideas can be supported, to identify which ones have the greatest approval to be included.
This third phase is useful at the end of the process, at a time when there is already a text proposal to open to user participation. The platform allows to publish the text and for users to select any part of the text and add a comment to that part. In addition, comments can be voted, allowing to detect if they have user support and which are the most interesting.
Users can submit budget expenditure projects. During this phase it is no longer possible to submit projects, but they still cannot be supported or voted on. It is a useful phase for all users to see their projects published, and to detect and correct any errors that exist.
This phase allows users to support projects. It is common to receive more projects than what can be evaluated in the next phase, so this phase allows to prioritize which ones should be evaluated because having more support.
During the evaluation period, projects can be evaluated by the institution. This evaluation makes it possible to mark projects as viable or unfeasible, and in the first case also to assign them a cost. Evaluated viable projects can move on to the voting phase.
During this phase it is published the selection of projects that pass to the final vote, as well as their cost. That way the users can detect errors in the selection or in the cost. Users can vote on projects to decide which are the winners.
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